Chuck Ross

Freelance Writer

Chuck Ross is a freelance writer located in Brewster, Mass. He can be reached at chuck@chuck-ross.com.

Articles by Chuck Ross

June 2011
Discussions about the cost of photovoltaic (PV) systems generally focus on the obvious: the price of the panels that turn sunlight into electricity. While panels certainly factor into the overall expense, this singular attention ignores the inverters, connectors and other balance-of-system equipment and installation requirements. READ MORE
May 2011
As the aftermath of Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami unfolded, many became mesmerized by photos and videos of desperate workers struggling against time to keep the disastrous situation at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant from becoming even worse. READ MORE
April 2011
Federal efforts to speed development of interstate transmission-line projects in designated areas of need were hit hard in February, when a federal court decision sent planners back to the drawing board. READ MORE
April 2011
Making the grid smart will require upgrading the system that now delivers our electricity from generating sources to our homes. New smart meters have captured the public’s imagination. READ MORE
March 2011
To borrow a horse-racing metaphor, electric vehicles (EVs) have barely left the starting gate in their efforts to transform our transportation system, but forecasters predict a growing market for the charging equipment needed to keep them on the road. READ MORE
March 2011
Just a few years ago, home automation control systems were seen as toys for the tech-savvy rich. Push-button window treatments, camera-monitored security and lighting scene-setting capabilities all were seen as extravagances—and, in many cases, each was individually controlled. READ MORE
March 2011
To borrow a horse-racing metaphor, electric vehicles (EVs) have barely left the starting gate in their efforts to transform our transportation system, but forecasters predict a growing market for the charging equipment needed to keep them on the road. READ MORE
February 2011
Individual rooftop solar panels have become a more familiar sight over the past several years. But not everyone has the correct south-facing rooftop, and renters are out of the market entirely. Now, a new model of community-based solar ownership is beginning to bring solar’s energy-bill savings to a broader audience. READ MORE
February 2011
In some ways, it seems as though nuclear power plants are the Energizer Bunny of electric-generating technology—they just keep going. Constructed between 1969 and 1996, the nation’s 104 nuclear reactors were licensed initially for 40 years of operation. READ MORE

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